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compile some information. and then a complaint files against strauss-kahn today. prosecutors will review her complaint to determine if there is enough evidence to file charges. she says she didn't bring up the complaint earlier out of fear, that it would hurt her career. her decision to press charges now comes as the sexual assault case against strauss-kahn in new york appears near collapse. well, france's lagarde takes the post and will serve as the imf. the senate is skipping its mid-summer break, and getting back to work today on the debt ceiling crisis. congress and the president have just 28 days to come up with a deal to raise the debt ceiling,
or the country is not going to be able to pay its bills. the president wants the belt tightening to include some tax increases for wealthy americans and corporations. republicans want spending cuts only. in washington tomorrow, jury selection begins in the perjury trial of baseball great, roger clemens. he is charged with lying to congress about using steroids. he's in federal court asking for evidence to discredit his chief accuser, the former trainer. he says he lied to police in a 2001 sexual assault investigation, and he can't be trusted. european safety says sprout seeds from egypt are likely to the e. coli outbreak in germany and france. 49 deaths have been reported in europe. well, talk about the right
place at the right time. this is an amazing story. a toddler tumbles out of a 10th floor apartment window in china. a woman passing by catches the girl. witnesses say she kicked off her high heels and ran to catch the baby when she saw her dangling. the toddler is in critical condition with internal bleeding. the force of the falling toddler knocked the woman out and left her with a broken arm. back to our lead story and the most-watched murder case in years. the jurors are considering seven charges against the florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter. david, any sense of how the deliberations are going today? >> reporter: they are going just as they are supposed to be if that quietly, behind closed doors. we do know at this point that the jurors have not asked for
any additional information from the court. they have not had any questions of the judge. they have not asked to see if any audio or visual evidence that they would have to go to the courtroom to see. behind closed doors just as they were yesterday deliberating the fate of casey anthony. casey anthony appearing in court this morning seeming agitated. she had a very animated conversation, gesturing quite a bit with one of her defense attorneys. we have no idea what that was about. there is an increased security presence in the courtroom. the jurors are behind closed doors under guard. we find out there are also police in the neighborhood belonging to casey anthony's parents. they are there to take care of traffic in case a verdict comes up. a memorial has been set up at the site where caylee anthony's body was discovered in 2008, and that's in the woods behind the
anthony home. and you can go there today and see stuffed animals, balloons and cards. people remembering the child, the loss of her life that began this intensely watched case. and that watching continues today here at the courthouse. everybody sitting, waiting, watching and wondering when the jury will make up its mind and when they decide what will happen to casey. >> people wait and watch and wonder what is going to happen next. >> reporter: there has always been a certain amount of spectacle about the trial. you have a number of people stopping by, people coming by the courthouse just to see the place where all of this is going on. you do always have a crowd out here of people hoping to get seats for the next day, people waiting to get in for today, and that's no different. but now as the jury goes into its first possibly full day of
deliberations, there's a heightened sense of conclusion here. remember, this is a story that has been in the headlines since 2008. and we're now very close to having something that we have not had before, which is an ending. suzanne? >> all right, david mattingly outside the courthouse, thank you. and then as the tables turn in the dominique strauss-kahn case, what does it say about our legal system. carol costello, hi. >> i know most of americans are feasting on the casey anthony trial, but maybe we should turn our attention to new york, to a sexual assault case that is as ugly as it gets, if you are talking about justice, that is. the head of the international monetary fund is arrested on charges of assaulting a hotel maid. the story resinates a rich powerful man attacking a woman with no power, an accusation so awful even without a conviction, the powerful man, dominique
strauss-kahn resigns from the imf, his dream of becoming france's next president, likely over. the alleged victim? the new york times reporter were moved to tears by her story. there is dna and bruising to prove it was not consensual. and then the leaks begin. after two days when she said she was attacked, then she told a boyfriend she is fine, and this person is rich and money is to be made. should it matter? again, it depends on your perspective. >> now, it's a fact that the victim here made some mistakes, but that doesn't mean she's not a rape victim. >> we asked you and we asked the world not to rush to judgment in this case, and now i think that you can understand why.
>> now, whether the charges against dominique strauss-kahn will be dropped is an open question, but the case will have a lasting ramification. so the "talk back" question today, what does the dsk case say about our justice system? i will read your comments later this hour. here are some stories we have ahead. a british tab laloid accused of hacking a dead girl's cell phone. home buyer horror stories continue to pileup. nasa passing the torch to the next pioneers of space travel. still add odds over the debt ceiling. does the president need them? we will tell you about the possible loophole in the
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>> yes, it was over 800, and so my credit was not an issue at all. >> but he started his own business in 2007, and initially his income took a hit. finally last year his business started to pay off and he had a big jump in income, but the extra money coming in didn't mean approval. >> the reason i was told that i was declined, because too big of a disparity between my 2009 and 2010 income. >> the bank is looking for steady income flow, and that self-employed person cannot show that now. >> when the housing market went bust, lenders pulled back, over compensating and tightening their lending standards. in fact in today's market almost a quarter of all mortgage applications are denied. >> we were too lenient in the
early 2000s, and too tight right now, and we need to find somewhere in the middle. >> do you think at some point you will give up and not go through this? >> yeah, that entered my mind a couple times. >> as for the lender, prosperity mortgage says privacy laws dictate we protect the personal information of all individuals so we are unable to comment on the specific case. but the story ends well, they found another lender to give them a loan. but you need to be prepared to work through a difficult process. alison, we heard donovan say it should be easier for folks buying a home. >> yeah, if you have a couple suitcases full of cash. buying a home is not easy, especially when you compare to what it was like just a few
years ago. expect to hit pumps here and there. the biggest hurdle is you want to look good on credit and you should not carry debt. the loan officer you choose has a huge impact on the process. you need somebody in the corner that knows what they are doing, like how to structure a loan. >> what is the most important things that lenders look for when they look over a mortgage application? >> four things. first your income. the loan officers want to know that you have a study paycheck coming in every month. they look at your assets. as a borrower, they want to see where your down payment is coming from. the high credit score. i'm talking about over 720. they will look at the value of the property. what is the property appraised at. these days appraisals are coming in lower than you might expect. the appraisers are being more conservative than they used to be. >> thank you very much.
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a british tabloid goes too far to get a story. the media empire is being accused of hacking the phone of a teenager girl later found dead by police. dan is in scotland yard with more on this. there is tremendous outcry on the breach of privacy. tell us what was behind this story? >> reporter: there has been an on going scandal on the so-called phone hacking. the example of journalists hacking into the cell phone messages of celebrities and even royals to get salacious stories.
we thought this dated or started back in 2005 when prince williams' phone was hacked into, and certificaain stories found way into the press. a number have been forced to resign. now it has been revealed that those same journalists may have hacked into the cell phone of a young 13-year-old school girl just after she disappeared in 2002. much earlier than any of the other scandals. the suggestion is they were listening in to the frantic messages of family and friends of where she was. they deleted messages to make more room on the cell phone mail box, giving hope to her family she was still alive, when in fact she was killed by a serial killer. police headquarters have been a
meeting place where they will be asked questions. >> how serious of a problem is this where you are? >> reporter: well, it's illegal for starters. it's a criminal matter. it's very, very serious. you are right, this is just not a couple instances. this is almost systematic hack into celebrities, politicians and even the royal families phone messages to get salacious stories. it includes hugh grant, and even the prime minister, and so it's incredibly wide ranging. and news international up to now have maintained it was one rogue
reporter that has since been imprisoned with a private detective he worked with. but this is more widespread it appears, and several other news executives of the world have been arrested and not formally charged. now people are waiting to see how high up in the company this goes. >> and this kept a sense of hope alive for the family of this missing girl, and they thought she might be alive because things were changing in her voice mail, her messages, right? >> reporter: right, that's what the lawyer told me, the family are actually suing the paper now, because as you said, they were given the false hope that she could be alive, and somebody was listening to the messages on her cell phone and somebody was deleting the messages, and it gave the impression perhaps she was alive when in fact it was journalists listening into the messages and clearing out the message box to make more room so
they could mine other messages and harvest other messages all the while she had been killed. >> what does her family plan to do to get justice in this case? i will talk live with the family's lawyer about that. and then we are on jury watch as we wait for casey anthony's fate. leaugh. honey bunny. [ babbles ] [ laughs ] we would do anything for her. my name is kim bryant and my husband and i made a will on legalzoom. it was really easy to do. [ spits ] [ both laugh ] [ shapiro ] we created legal zoom to help you take care of the ones you love. go to legalzoom.com today and complete your will in minutes. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side.
could mean for casey anthony. one era ends in space travel, but one begins. and how a hollywood star became the godmother of the vietnamese nail industry. and the jurors have been deliberating now for eight hours or so. they are considering seven charges against the florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter. richard from las vegas, the conventional wisdom says the longer the jurors are out, the better for casey anthony. we're on day two. what does that signal for you? >> if we get a verdict this afternoon, late today, which i think is a good chance, it's going to be for murder. that would be deemed like a flash verdict. that means everybody is in line and went for it.
they don't have to find pre-med indication. they can find if casey chloroformed caylee and as a result of that accidentally caylee died, well that would be felony murder and that would still fall under murder one. i think that's a likely scenario for the jury. except if there are one or two holdouts, and that also is a very good likelihood. i will tell you why. and that would extend the deliberation to the end of the week, probably, with the judge coming in and giving them allen charges and that's when the jury comes back and says we're hung and we cannot get a unanimous, and the judge ininstructs them, you can do it, come on, go back and deliberate. and maybe jury number four and a couple others. the state's medical examiner does not have a cause of death. that could be a problem for a lot of jurors.
number two, the chloroform searches, the prosecution told this jury there were 84 separate chloroform searches. we know that's ridiculous. and there was testimony, there may have been only one that registered 84 times. there's a tech guy on the jury. he will explain it to the jury. if a jury feels the prosecution was misleading them, they may not have confidence in the rest of the evidence in the prosecution. >> well, you sound confident this will happen today. they will come back with a verdict today, this afternoon. why are you confident they will act quickly? >> because as an attorney and law professor, when i examined the case, i examined the facts, and the prosecution proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and they have it. they did. i could see a verdict coming in late this afternoon under those guidelines that perhaps -- because everybody seems to think casey chloroformed her.
it was an accident. she did not intend to kill her, and she chloroformed her, and that's an easy way to get to murder. >> richard we will pay close attention to see if your prediction comes true. we will be all over that this afternoon if that's the case. we're following very closely. thank you, richard. we will see how quickly this goes down. the orange county sheriff's department plans to seal off the street once the jury reach as verdict, because many across the count country is visiting the area where her remains were found. >> since 2008, i have been following the news about this case. i can't believe i'm here, because i am from the bronx. this means a lot to me. >> because i wanted to have a visual of the location. i just want to see for myself. >> the jury is deciding casey
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john zarrella tells us their mission is by no means the end of space travel. >> reporter: richard branson heads virgin gau lactic, and both are trying to make space travel as routine as boarding an airplane. >> people used to say it would be impossible to build your own space ship and spaceship company and be able to take people to space, and that's the kind of challenge that i love, to prove them wrong. >> i want to see where we are exploring the stars and going to other planets, and we're doing the things we read about in science fiction and other movies. >> some companies are big, and some are small, and the weightless region just above the atmosphere, just out of reach right now, becoming quite possibly a good investment.
>> nasa's still in there and will develop a heavy lift rocket, but we also have this hopefully flowering of private space flight, and that's what is going to get the hiltons, and the rental cars in orbit. >> reporter: they are on the verge of not just opening, but stepping through that door to the future. >> we want to make space accessible to everybody. that's a revolutionary change. it's incredibly exciting. it brings the possibility of space travel to all americans, which is fantastic. >> next year, he hopes to begin carrying cargo to the next space station. eventually astronauts, a commercial company replacing the space shuttle. >> we hope to send astronauts to the space station within three years of receiving the nasa
contract to do so. >> reporter: but unless it's safe, no u.s. astronaut can be onboard. >> i cannot allow them to put us in jeopardy by not focusing on crew safety and the like. that's my job. >> reporter: the stakes are high. there's no turning back. the shuttle retiring, and the astronauts left to riding russian spaceships, nasa is relying on private companies to get it right, make it work, and the more who make it work, the more affordable it will become. >> that's the end of a particular era. and it's up to individuals like myself, if you are in a position to be able to achieve wonderful things, not to waste that position. >> liftoff! >> john zarrella already staking out his seat at the kennedy
space center. do you think this is considered risky to turn the space station over to commercial companies? what do they make of that? >> reporter: it really is, something goes wrong to the developme phases with the commercial companies. nasa has no fallback position. they will rely on the russians for the next several years until the commercial companies are ready and the russians will take our astronauts up to the space station. a lot of people worry if there are setbacks or accidents that nasa should have at least kept one space shuttle in the back pocket, sitting over there in the vehicle assembly building ready, just in case. but that's not in the cards, because not enough money. >> right. john, friday's launch, going to join you and can't wait to see you there. is it all systems go? >> reporter: yeah.
yeah. >> yeah? >> reporter: bring a rain coat, because right now the weather not looking good. a 40% chance of go on friday. saturday, sunday look a little better. monday looks about the best. as far as the vehicle, perfect, no problems. the weather, it's the summer in florida. that could be an issue, suzanne. >> maybe i will see you on friday, but maybe later on in the week. thank you. watching the launch from the space center, 150 followers on nasa's twitter sight, randomly selected from 5,500 people on their sight selected to view the shiftoff for one last time. >> even the astronauts and the launch control -- or the astronauts' families in the control center are further away than i will be, so it's an honor
to be able to go there. >> brent danly and all the others will tweet their experienc experiences, during and before as well as after the launch. our coverage of the last shuttle flight begins at 10:00 eastern. the lawn search at 11:26. there's a deadline is that looming. president obama and congressional republicans have less than a month to reach a deal on raising the debt limit, or the treasury is not going to pay the nation's bills. we're live on capitol hill and the white house with that showdown.
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financial armageddon if we don't deal with america's debt. a deadline is just four weeks away. we're covering the story from both sides, both perspectives. kate bolduan is joining us live from capitol hill, and also live from the white house. kate, what is the hold up? >> reporter: democrats and republicans say they are ready to negotiate, but both sides are sticking firmly to their positions especially when it comes to taxes. democrats say as part as any deal they would agree to, there has to be added revenue, coming in the form of eliminating certain tax breaks to wealthy americans and certain corporations. republicans at the same time say anything amounting to a tax
increase, they believe that would be a tax crease is a no-go as it cannot pass a republican-controlled house. the bottom line is both sides think they have the upper hand here, and republicans think they have the upper hand in painting the democrats as holding the debt ceiling hostage, and on the flip side, democrats say they have the upper hand as they are painting the republicans as sacrificing the debt kraeting and threatening the economy. >> as you know, congress raised the debt ceiling ten times in the last decade or so. how come it's so much more contentious this time around? >> reporter: republicans say they got the message in the last election when the republicans regained control of the house. they heard from the american people in that election, that they wanted to cut spending, shrink government, and tackle our deficits and debt. they say they are listening and responding to the calls of the american people, but at the same time the senate is back in today
at 2:00, and canceling their week-long recess. the house is in tomorrow. but still, no meetings scheduled between all the main negotiators. republican and democratic leaders and the white house. they are more talking past each other right now than two each other it seems. >> interesting, kate. the president watching the talks, and talking by each other closely. i want to bring in our white house correspondent. what do you think is at stake for president obama now? >> reporter: what is at stake for president obama is what is at stake for all the players here. financial armageddon i think you referred to it in the introduction, as one former secretary has called it, and the political ramifications would be just -- they would be gigantic. but the issue the president has, as he is looking for a deal to really thread the needle, is how does he make his democratic base
and liberals happy. there is going to be so many spending cuts, and that's what most of the package is going to be. $2 trillion or more in spending cuts, and a lot of these are to democratic priorities in the president's agreements he has had with congress. in the past several months, a lot of liberals feel he has given away too much. you see he is taking a hard line and saying that republicans need to agree to some tax increases, and even if the tax increases he is talking about are pretty small, corporate jet tax, a loophole as democrats are calling it, and that's his way of trying to have a little bit of what he wants and not giving away a lot of democratic priorities. >> is it possible the president could step in and take care of this without a compromise from congress? >> this is interesting. it's an idea being talked about in the context of the 14th amendment. this is an idea some of the democrats on the hill talked about. they are pointing to a certain
part of the amendment that says the pardon me, we have construction going on here at the white house. is this seriously being considered that the president can increase the debt ceiling without congress coming to a deal? it's more of an example of the idea maybe you walk softly but carry a copy of the 14th amendment of the constitution in your pocket. they are seeing a negotiation towards an agreement being the remedy for this. >> thank you very much, and you as well, kate. thanks again. president obama will be answering questions about the economy and jobs, and he's going to be doing it on twitter. it's the first twitter town hall meeti meeting ever. it happens tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. eastern. the white house says you can
affiliates across the country are watching. almost 300 people are working to clean up oil that seeped from an exxonmobil pipeline into the yellowstone river. crews have to stay on the river banks, though. it is too dangerous to get in the water because of the strong currents. montana's governor is worried if the oil is not cleaned up quickly, fish, birds, animals will start dying. in northern new mexico, a huge wildfire is threatening ancient sites on indian land. last week it was the town of los alamos and the national laboratory there. the lab is supposed to reopen tomorrow. residents who fled are being allowed back home. check out what's being spotted along the texas coast. sharks. >> we just happened to be at the right place, right time, right gear, and hooked up with one of the biggest sharks we've ever
hooked up. brother-in-law standing next to me, i handed him the stick. 45 minutes later we got an eight foot, four inch bull shark on the beach. best friend sparky here, brother-in-law, brother, everybody helping out. good time. can't beat it. >> they reeled this one in near crystal beach. another was found elsewhere. you have been sounding off on our talk-back question. what does the dominique strauss-kahn case say about our justice system? carol costello with the question. >> reporter: today's question, what does the case say about our justice system. dawn says it just makes me so sick to my stomach. i feel so bad for this woman. i know she's not perfect but obviously, neither is he. so she is just killed in the media and he gets to go home. no wonder women do not want to come forward about sexual assault. this from skip. he says i actually wish our system was closer to the british system, limited or no news coverage of a case until the verdict is in. i think lawyers and the media
can create tremendous bias the way we handle it here. this from jason. if a woman says you did it in the eyes of the media, you did it. the reason everyone was tuned into the anthony trial is because we're waiting to see some signs of remorse or proof of innocence. the media has already made its decision on dsk or anyone accused of violent crimes. the media can be good at times but mostly, just reckless. and this from davidson. more money, more power, meaning he will just get a slap on his hand. there is no justice for her. very sad. i'll have more of your responses in the next hour. i'll be back in about 15 minutes. please keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carolcnn. a claim for her roles in her movies and as an activist but only a handful know how tippi hedren transformed an industry.e ! really? 25 grams of protein. what do we have? all four of us, together? 24. he's low fat, too,
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here's a reminder about your choose the news choices for today. you can vote for your favorite story by texting 22360. text one for libya's fighting women, how they're learning to use weapons to defend their country. text 2 for your digital footprint, the personal information and the trail that you leave behind. or text 3 for distracted driving. who is better at driving while texting, parents or teens? winning story will air in the next hour. well, the vietnamese are world renowned as masters inside
the nail salon but they carved out their outstanding reputation with a helping hand from a hollywood star. made famous by alfred hitchcock. here's cnn's entertainment correspondent. >> reporter: it's probably the last thing audiences noticed in alfred hitchcock's "the birds." actress tippi hedren's nails. who would have thought her manicures would help inspire a $6 billion industry with a legion of vietnamese. >> she gave me so much hope. >> reporter: in 1975 after the fall of saigon, li and her family fled vietnam and appeared in this local paper. after appearing at a california refugee village with nothing. hedren, involved in the refugee crisis at the time, became a mentor to li and 19 other women with poor english skills, but who wanted to work. one thing caught their eye. >> one day, we look at her nail,
we said your nail look so beautiful. >> they loved my fingernails, so i thought i'm going to bring my manicurist. she came up once a week and gave them a lesson. they would all practice on each other. they would practice on me. >> reporter: an idea was hatched. hedren convinced a beauty school to train them for free. li and the others got licensed and started doing business. some of those families opened their own salons, building their american dream one coat at a time. >> when other vietnamese would enter the country, they learned about this manicuring business and it's become huge. >> reporter: today, 40% of manicurists in the u.s. are vietnamese americans. in california, it's 80%. tam runs advance beauty college geared towards vietnamese students. >> today we attribute a lot to tippi hedren. she has been called the godmother of the vietnamese american nail industry. everything she did created and
paved the path for what i do now. >> reporter: he is following in the footsteps of his parents who fled vietnam in 1975. three years later, they opened their own salon and then launched beauty schools. his parents' inspiration? their high school friend, twan li, the manicurist who received a helping hand from a hollywood star. >> she gave us love, courage. she showed us the future. she make us feel like we can make it. >> reporter: cnn, los angeles. top of the hour. i'm suzanne malveaux. jurors who will decide casey anthony's guilt or innocence are in their second day of deliberations today. prosecutors say anthony killed her daughter caylee so she could live a party lifestyle. anthony's defense says the girl accidentally drowned in the family's pool. a body language expert has been in the courtroom, her eyes
trained on the seven women and five men who make up the jury. >> i have been watching for the last two months and what i have identified is that we really have seven jurors that are more pro prosecution. i established their behavior, the body language, what they're noting was important on their book and i was able to compile that information, find out who are more pro state versus the defense. we have a couple also neutral jurors so that really, when they get into deliberations, can go one way or the other. >> a paris lawyer says he will file a new criminal complaint against former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn today. prosecutors plan to review it to determine whether there is enough evidence to file charges. the woman behind the complaint is a french journalist who claims that strauss-kahn tried to rape her in 2003. she says she didn't come forward then, worried that the case would hurt her career. a reminder that violence remains a part of everyday life in iraq. two bombs exploded near a government building in a baghdad
suburb today, killing at least 35 people. the explosions appeared to target iraqi police. 270 iraqis died in violence during june. that is the highest monthly toll so far this year. one of libya's rebel leaders is doing an about-face on moammar gadhafi. he says that gadhafi can stay in libya if he resigns, if he stays out of politics and if he agrees to supervision. well, gadhafi vows he's never going to leave libya so this could open the door to a way out of the stalemate. nato nations, including the united states, have insisted gadhafi must leave libya. montana's governor rips exxonmobil, saying that the company isn't devoting enough people and equipment to the yellowstone river oil spill. exxonmobil pipeline ruptured on friday, dumping perhaps 42,000 gallons of oil into the pristine waterway. exxonmobil says that it has
deployed 280 workers and nine miles of absorbent boom to that spill site. well, talk about the right place at the right time. this is an unbelievable story. a toddler tumbles out of a tenth floor apartment window in china. a woman passing by catches the girl. witnesses say she kicked off her high heels, she ran to catch the baby when she saw her dangling, and doctors say the toddler is now in critical condition with internal bleeding. the force of the falling toddler knocked the woman out as well, left her with a broken arm. that's tiger woods hawking a pain relief cream on japanese television. it is the golfer's first endorsement deal since his marriage collapsed in late 2009. the scandal led american companies like at & t and pepsi
to drop woods as a spokesman. we are on verdict watch in the casey anthony murder trial. jurors are spending a second day deliberating the fate of the florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter. defense attorney and former prosecutor holly hughes is joining us and holly, we have been following this from the very beginning. the jury has been deliberating about, what, nine hours or so. what does it tell you about how things are going? >> well, what it tells me is we have a serious, mature jury and they are taking very seriously the job that's been put before them. they have been asked to decide the fate of a young woman's life so they have that indictment back there and the indictment's just the fancy word for the charging document. it's the document that the state has filed and said we're accusing casey anthony of these charges, so they have taken that, they have taken that packet of instructions that the judge gave them which is the charge, the law, and they're
looking at the two of them together and saying does the evidence we've heard presented to us match up with the elements that she's been charged with. and if they do, that means that they can return a conviction. the state has proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt. if they're looking at those elements of those crimes and saying i don't really have any evidence to support it, then we're looking at a not guilty on that particular charge. >> we will leave it there for now. you will be back with us at the bottom of the hour to discuss the jurors themselves, the seven women, the five men who are deciding this case and we will have profiles of the jurors. find out from holly if anything from sex, age or even a juror's occupation can impact their opinion on this case. here's your chance to talk back. one of the big stories of the day, as the tables turn now in the dominique strauss-kahn case. what does it say about our legal system? here's carol costello. hey, carol, very good question here. this is a case that seems to be going back and forth. >> reporter: it's an amazing case. and very controversial in many
ways. i know most of america is feasting on the casey anthony trial but maybe we should turn our attention to new york, to a sexual assault case that's as ugly as it gets, if you're talking about justice, that is. a high-powered french banker, head of the international monetary fund, is arrested on charges of assaulting a hotel maid. the story resonates, a rich powerful man allegedly attacking a woman with no power, and accusations so awful even without a conviction, the powerful man, dominique strauss-kahn, resigns from the imf. his dreams of becoming france's next president, over. the alleged victim, the "new york times" reports hardened investigators were moved to tears by her story. police say there is dna evidence and bruising to prove the sexual contact was not consensual. but then the lies or depending on your perspective, the leaks begin. less than two days after the alleged victim said she was attacked, a source told cnn she told a boyfriend in jail she's
fine and this person is rich and there's money to be made. should it matter? again, it depends on your perspective. >> now, it is a fact that the victim here made some mistakes, but that doesn't mean she's not a rape victim. >> we asked you and we asked the world not to rush to judgment in this case and now i think you can understand why. >> reporter: now, one of the charges against dominique strauss-kahn whether be dropped is an open question, but the case will have lasting international ramifications. so the talk-back question today, what does the dsk case say about our justice system? facebook.com/carolcnn. i will read some of your comments later this hour. suzanne? here's a rundown of some of the stories we are covering this hour. first, a housing bust alert. the worst market slump in
decades could eventually become a good thing. plus, learning the hard way as a result of the recession. retirement savings reaching an all-time high. then, how staying seated too long raises risks for deadly blood clots. and just the facts, please, testing recent political statements in the truthometer.
legitimate force? that story from inside libya. second, how big is your digital footprint? an eye-opening report on how your phone, your car, other devices are exposing your personal information in the digital world. and finally, distracted driving challenge. drive along as parents and teens see how well they can get through an obstacle course while texting. if you're not behind the wheel, you can vote for your favorite story by texting 22360. text 1 for libya's fighting women. 2 for your digital footprint. or 3 for distracted driving. winning story is going to air this hour. homeowners are caught in the middle of the worst housing slump in decades but some economists are arguing that their pain eventually is going to become housing's gains. how does that happen? it starts with potential buyers looking to capitalize on rock bottom prices. alan chernoff met two of those guys in new york.
>> reporter: steven just had his offer accepted on this one bedroom coop apartment in white plains, new york for what he considers a steal. $217,000. >> i'm very excited. i feel like the market was right to buy and i took advantage of a situation. >> you're well on your way to closing. >> reporter: if only there were more buyers like steven. too many potential home buyers have been holding back, expecting prices may go even lower. are people responding? >> they are starting to. they are starting to respond. we have a bit. >> reporter: housing is in its worst slump in decades, declining prices, slow sales, anemic home building. all that bad news, some economists say, is laying the foundation for a recovery. >> the worst of the news, the quicker we get the rebound. a lot of the data looks bad right now but it does set the stage for future growth. >> reporter: here's how bad news could be good news for the economics of housing. housing supply today far outweighs demand but falling
home prices should attract buyers, especially since rents are rising. >> this is a great time, i believe. >> reporter: renter darnell charles is looking to buy. he placed a bid on this three bedroom home. >> i know people say this is a buyers' market, not a seller's. it's a benefit to me. >> reporter: you feel that it is a buyer's market now? >> definitely. >> reporter: the buyer's market results from an oversupply of homes. too many were built, too many are now in foreclosure. the last thing most housing markets in the u.s. need is new home construction. that's brutal for struggling home builders, but economists say as more people like darnell charles and steven liberati buy in the coming months, housing should stabilize and begin rebounding. you're looking for a deal? >> exactly. >> looking for a deal. as someone who just recently bought and sold a home, i'm looking for a deal, too. i got to tell you, i don't understand. the worse the news gets for
housing, the closer we are to recovery, is that right? >> reporter: it sounds a little crazy but it's certainly painful for anybody trying to sell a home now and certainly for home builders. but the economic theory makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. you want prices to come down so that homes are more affordable. that increases demand and you don't want a lot of homes being built. you don't want to increase supply. think back to our basic economics. you want demand greater than supply. that's what's going to push up the housing market. >> so allan, how does it relate to your income? >> reporter: it definitely shows that housing is more affordable now than it has been in years. the national association of realtors compares the median income to the median home price and what they have found is that right now, homes are as affordable as they have been in 40 years. right now, they say a family with median income is spending 14% of that income to buy the
median home right now, the median priced home. that's way down from better than 22% back at the height of the boom. >> sure. what about the idea that many of the buyers could be holding back, thinking that okay, we'll wait just a little bit longer and wait for these prices to get even lower? >> reporter: excellent point, suzanne. that's what i call the x factor. it certainly is happening. that's one reason we haven't seen housing really bounce back just yet. people are holding back, thinking prices are going lower and lower, why should i buy now, they're not in any rush. that's a major problem for housing. eventually that's going to end, if home prices keep on falling. but the latest month's data shows some possibility of stability here so we may actually be hitting that point right now. >> all right. thank you. allan chernoff, good reporting. another encouraging sign in the sluggish economy, cnnmoney.com says retirement savings are nearing record highs now so that may suggest that
more of us are learning to plan ahead. alison kosik joins us from new york. how much are we actually talking about here? is this a big number? >> reporter: it is a big number. we have saved $18 trillion for retirement, trillion with a "t." this all counts iras, 401(k)s and pension plans. this has been in the works for a couple years. retirement savings have actually been growing since 2009 after our savings were really hit hard during the recession. everybody wants to know what's changed, why are retirement accounts growing. for one, we are benefiting from a stronger stock market. we have learned some lessons from the recession as well. we kind of got scared into saving after we were -- after we saw our nest eggs take a hit during the recession. also, the sad reality, people are delaying retirement and using the extra years in the work force to build up their nest eggs that once again took a hit during the recession. >> if retirement savings are near record high, are we
basically set, are americans learning do they have enough money now set aside? >> reporter: you can never have enough money. there's always the greed factor. seriously, most of us really don't have nearly enough yet. it's really more important to err on the side of caution when you save and if you can, oversave. you don't know how long you're going to live, you don't know how big your medical bills are going to be, and while the retirement goals can be intimidating, don't throw up your arms and do nothing. set aside whatever you can each month and have it automatically deducted from your paycheck. it's kind of like pay yourself and it will help you in the long run. >> looking at the investments today, seems as if stocks taking it easy. are investors worried about something? >> reporter: they are always worried about something. the focus still remains on greece's debt issues. also, we got a weak factory orders report. also, the market's kind of waiting on the big jobs report coming in on friday. we're waiting to see hopefully a good jobs number there. investors being cautious on that.
here's a rundown of some of the stories we are looking at ahead. up next, waiting on the jury. the ongoing verdict watch in the casey anthony murder trial. then, how sitting for too long puts women at risk for deadly blood clots. later, calling them out. politicians' statements and claims tested in the truthometer. right now, back to the casey anthony murder trial. it is day two of jury deliberations. will the florida woman be
convicted of killing her little girl? that decision rests in the hands of a seven woman, five man jury. we want to focus on the jurors. our defense attorney and former prosecutor holly hughes is back with us. holly, i understand you have been waiting, they deliberated for some ten hours or so, they took a break, they will be back shortly. >> absolutely. they are closing in on that ten hour mark which means they're just going through it one step at a time. this is a really interesting jury panel we've got here. >> who has caught your attention? >> i tell you, number one, she is usually the first one out of the back into the jury box so this woman is not afraid to be a leader. she was a nurse. she told us in voir dire that she had actually smelled dead bodies before, so she is going to be able when the jurors are in the back talking about that, to say hey, you know what, my experience is that it's very unique or eh, maybe not so much. her life experience is going to play into explaining to the other jurors about that.
then we have juror number four, everybody's been talking about this lady. she's an african-american older lady who said hey, you know what, based on my religious views, i find it hard to judge other people. now, the state challenged that juror and they said hey, judge, if she can't judge other people, judge perry, let's let her go. the defense said no, no, we want to keep her and therefore, the judge said you know, based on this legal case called batson, we are going to keep her. so she's on the jury. interestingly enough, i think all she's going to do is she's going to look at the evidence and she's going to understand ultimately, i'm sure she's an intelligent woman, that you can have your religious views, but you can still forgive somebody and judge them at the same time. so hold her accountable and say yes, she did do this and i think she's smart enough that if the evidence shows she did it, she'll say yes, okay, i can forgive you but you've still got to be held responsible. then we've got a couple others. we've got an i.t. fellow on there. this is a gentleman, he's got
two young children, so anybody, we've got six parents and/grandparents on the jury. >> that will make a difference in looking at this case whether or not she actually killed her child. >> here's the thing, suzanne. they have raised children and they obviously since they're on a jury, haven't killed theirs although i'm sure there were days when they wanted to strangle some little person but they didn't do it. they maintained that self-control and they did not harm their children or we wouldn't have them on a jury. so i think what you've got is a fantastic composite of people who are going to sit down and say hey, you know what, you don't treat a baby like that. you don't chloroform a baby. >> it sounds very balanced. a good balance when you talk about racially, gender wise. is there anything specifically these jurors will bring from their personal experience, their personal lives, that they will be really interested in? >> absolutely. every single experience we have in life shapes us. it makes us who we are. we actually tell the jurors that. the judge says in what we call
the precharge, which before it all starts, he says hey, look, we don't expect you to come in as blank slates. we understand you have life experiences. we understand you have all gone through things. one of the really fascinating things about this jury panel is a lot of them have had either personal experience, brushes with the law, or close family members who have had brushes with the law. so when jose baez, he was very smart in this, when he got up in his closing statement, and he started saying oh, they want you to hate my client because she did some bad things and made some bad decisions, he's talking to those jurors who have family members that have made bad mistakes in the past, because what he's saying is you wouldn't want somebody judging your family member on what they've done in the past so just because she's, and he used the "s" word, unbelievable, the state never did that. what he's doing is trying to inflame passions just baecause you don't like her, don't judge her for that. what he's doing is talking to
the life experience of the jurors who know people who have made mistakes in the past. >> it's all fascinating. we will be watching. of course, the countdown continues. >> yes, great stuff. >> when will they come up with a verdict? >> edge of the seat. i think we are probably looking at late today or before lunch tomorrow. >> that's pretty fast. >> they're ready to go, suzanne. they have been taking the notes. they are done. >> we'll see how it goes. thank you. the jury deciding casey anthony's case here, you don't want to miss a minute of this riveting action. tune in to our sister network, hln, for trial coverage throughout the day. you will be able to catch all of it. amore and more antisocial, so i was really aggressive with my parents about joining facebook. my parents are up to 19 friends now? so sad. ♪ i have 687 friends. this is living. what!? that is not a real puppy. that's too small to be a real puppy.
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here's a reminder about your choose the news stories for today. you can vote for your favorite by texting 22360. text 1 for libya's fighting women. moammar gadhafi is asking them to defend their country. text 2 for your digital footprint. what information are you unwittingly exposing with your phone, your car, your computer? or text 3, distracted driving. parents and teens try to drive an obstacle course while texting. winning story will air later in the hour. a british tabloid crosses the line to get a story. news of the world is being accused of hacking the phone of a missing teenaged girl. well, that girl was milly, who was later found dead. the case is causing public outrage and now the family is looking for justice. i'm joined by mark lewis, the lawyer who is representing the family. mark, thanks for joining us. first of all, this isn't just about hacking.
i assume this was also about the mental anguish this family went through, thinking that their daughter was alive because what was going on. explain to us what happened. >> reporter: well, one of the things that happened, the most traumatic part of it, is the fact that when people leave messages on a phone after awhile, it gets filled up and a message is given out saying sorry, the voice mail you're calling is full, please try again later. now, if after awhile, there is an ability to leave a message, somebody can assume somebody has deleted it. that's what happened to family and friends of milly, the phone was full from people saying please phone your parents, please phone home, and all of a sudden there was a ray of hope that messages had been wiped off and could be left again. so they had this hope raised, this false hope, that she would be all right, that there was some sign of life.
>> because they thought that she was the one, right, that was actually deleting these messages? >> well, that would be the natural assumption for parents. this was before anybody was aware of phone hacking, before anyone was aware of anybody doing things that would be the natural and ordinary assumption to make for a parent. they wanted to hear good news and therefore, there was a sign of some good news. >> does it make a difference whether or not this paper thought that she was still alive or missing, not dead? >> well, there was no -- there was no public interest in what they were doing. the newspaper should not have been instructing their investigator to try and hack into a phone to listen to voice mail messages. they had the interest of trying to get a story and to sell papers, without thinking of the effect on the family or the effect on the police
investigation that was trying to trace a missing teenager, who was possibly -- who had possibly been killed. >> there's nobody who is denying this was a huge breach of ethics. what are you trying to achieve legally here for this family? >> well, in terms of legality, there is only so much. obviously one can't bring back the daughter. one can't undo the harm that's been done. one can only obtain some monetary compensation for them. that's one of the reasons we're suggesting that there should be a full judicial public inquiry into finding out what happened because the way the court system in england works is if people have an offer that they do not accept, which was a reasonable offer, they're at risk of paying the other side's legal cost which could wipe out many people, not just the dowlors if they got into that situation. but the effect of being forced
to take a financial settlement is that the truth doesn't come out. even if there are criminal trials, a criminal trial, if there are any criminal charges, people can plead guilty. there's not an investigation into them and they're not going to charge people for every single item of hacking a phone. so that's why we're saying something more public has to be done to investigate properly. >> okay. mark lewis, thank you very much. we appreciate your bringing that story to us. thank you. everybody who is sitting down should stand up. after this, we will tell you why you might want to stand up. an accident doesn't have to slow you down. with better car replacement, available only from liberty mutual insurance, if your car's totaled,
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if you're a woman and you sit a lot, well, listen up. a new study suggests you might be more likely to get a life-threatening disease. our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here. wow, that sounds scary. what did researchers find? >> these researchers at harvard looked at tens of thousands of nurses and what they found was that those who sat a lot, who spent a lot of time sitting in their off hours, not at work, but when they were home or whatever, were much more likely to get three things. let's take a look at those three things. they were much more likely to get heart disease, they were much more likely to have hypertension or high blood pressure, and much more likely also to have clots in their lungs. that was a bit of a surprise finding.
we all know heart disease, you know, not getting exercise and heart disease are linked but the clots in the lungs, they're not quite sure why that is, but it's definitely a scary finding. three times more likely to get clots in their lungs when they were more sedentary. >> a lot of us are couch potatoes but what do they mean when they say sitting a lot? >> the women who have this three times higher risk of clots in the lungs, they were sitting for around six hours a day in their off hours. which doesn't sound like much but you get home from work and you sit and watch some tv and then you sit at the computer and it was an average so maybe some days, they were only sitting for four hours, other days they were sitting for longer than that. but an average of about six hours a day. that's how sedentary they were. >> that sounds like a lot to me. >> yeah, it is quite a bit. >> what's the minimum amount of exercise that you should be getting? >> okay. it's actually in some ways less than a lot of people think. so i always like to say you don't have to be a marathon runner like you -- >> thanks for the shout-out. >> in order to get enough
exercise. it can be much more modest. according to the centers for disease control, 30 minutes a day, five days a week of something like brisk walking or even mowing the lawn is enough to make you healthier. when we say 30 minutes a day, it doesn't mean okay, it's 2:00, i'm going to take a walk until 2:30. you can do ten minutes in the morning, ten minutes at your lunch hour, ten minutes after dinner. you can spread it out. >> it's a reasonable amount of time. >> yeah. exactly. it's something a lot of people can do. >> all right. good tips. boy, important study. >> it is an important study. you mentioned it's a reasonable thing that you can do. we actually have on cnn.com/empoweredpatient a couch potato wrote about how they trained for a triathlete. all of us think there's no way i could do this. they give tips on how to get that exercise into your schedule. cnn.com/empoweredpatient. >> awesome. thanks. u.s. versus korean cars. ethanol versus gasoline. we will take comments on both. rc
stock trader, yoga teacher and poet. investigators say he had a relationship with a popular accounting professor at american university named sue ann markham, and was the sole beneficiary of her $500,000 life insurance policy. they also believe he did this. >> she was hit with some force, somewhere on her body. she was also choked to death, according to the medical examiner. >> reporter: that was last october at markham's house outside washington. at first, the case had all the signs of a burglary gone bad. police say there were signs of forced entry at this window, signs of a struggle. a teenager was arrested later in markham's stolen vehicle. but police say as the evidence built, it led them away from that teenager who is no longer a suspect and straight to jorge. according to an affidavit, obtained by cnn, he gave a dna sample to police in el paso, texas, a sample that matches one on what's believed to be the murder weapon. then investigators say he skipped across the border to juarez, mexico.
there is now an interpol arrest warrant for him and the fbi has filed a criminal complaint naming him as the only suspect in markham's murder. he has not only refused to come back to the u.s., but it appears he's taunting police. the "washington post" obtained a recent e-mail to an el paso detective who had asked to meet with him. of course you are cordially invited to cross the same bridge in the opposite direction and meet me at sanborn's a great cafe and restaurant in juarez and we can talk shop all you want. it's best if you can come on a sunday. we can have brunch. it will of course be my treat. yours, jorge. how frustrated are you at that? >> it's causing some delay. we believe he's using the shield of an international border to delay and slow this process. we would like justice to start, like him to return, have his day in court. >> reporter: dan morris of the "washington post" obtained those e-mails and spoke with jorge over the phone. he says jorge even corrects
detectives' grammar when he answers their e-mails. is this a game to him? >> i don't know if i would characterize it as a game. i think he is a confident person, confident when he's talking to me, professor markham's friends who met him said he seemed confident. that's certainly the posture he's taken with the detectives. >> reporter: we tried to contact jorge over the phone, with e-mail and facebook messages. we have not heard from him. his attorney won't comment on the complaint or the affidavit. in his conversations with the "washington post," jorge denied killing sue ann markham, saying he wasn't in the u.s. at the time of her murder. police won't say much about any extradition deal with mexican authorities, only that they're working through the process. brian todd, cnn. checking the math and checking the facts is what bill does every day, editor of the st. petersburg times. let's get right to it again.
here's one from president obama. he said you see a whole bunch of korean cars here in the united states and you don't see any american cars in korea. what about that? >> we gave that a mostly true on our truthometer, suzanne. he is right, there is a big trade imbalance between the u.s. and korea. it's something like 30 to 1, so 30 korean cars for every one u.s. car. but there are some u.s. cars there and so we took it down a notch to mostly true. >> okay. mostly true. next one, from a recent advertisement spotted in the washington, d.c. metro system. the renewable fuels association claims that ethanol reduced gas prices by 89 cents per gallon in 2010 and if it disappeared, gas prices could rise by as much as 92%. true, false, what do you think? >> we gave that one a barely true.
the numbers based on a study that indeed does show that, but unfortunately, the study is paid for by the ethanol association or at least largely from the ethanol trade group, and when you look at it, you see they have done some cherry picking of their numbers and have used pretty unrealistic assumptions, this idea that prices would go up 92% is based on the idea that ethanol would go away completely which is unrealistic. barely true on that one. >> okay. you launched something new. tell us about it. >> yeah, we have launched the politicfact truth index, the dow jones industrial average of truth is how we think of it. it is an average of all of our truthometer ratings and what it allows you to do is to follow the ups and downs of truth and so we come up with a number every day, a statistical average, and you can see whether we're giving more false ratings or more true ratings, and you
can sort of see the ups and downs of the truthometer. >> pretty cool. all right. bill, thank you. appreciate it. >> thanks, suzanne. we are asking you to talk back on one of the big stories of the day, the question, what does the dominique strauss-kahn case say about our justice system. it shows there is no justice for the poor, says ivy. the justice system is set so those with money can manipulate the law and what they say the law is. carol costello has more coming up. first, here's some free money advice from cnn help desk. >> time for the help desk, where we get answers to your financial questions. joining me this hour, greg mcbride, senior financial analyst at bank rate.com. lynnette cox, founder of the financial advice blog, ask the money coach.com. a viewer asks we recently picked up a second mortgage on a home we're renting out. the second mortgage will deplete our savings within two to three months. our first child is going to
college soon. we have very little money to help her with now. would it be better just to let this home go into foreclosure or should we draw against our savings and possibly some of our 401(k), would a foreclosure impact our ability to secure a loan for her education. greg? >> you took out a loan on that second property, the rental property. that means you had to have had some equity or some significant cash down in order to get that loan. what happened to the loan proceeds? i'm sensing a bigger problem here in terms of the borrowing. in this day and age, you can't borrow on a second mortgage on a rental property unless you've got some serious skin in the game. your daughter can go to a cheaper school, she can get financial aid, she can work, but you need to stop using borrowing as a way, your pathway to prosperity. it's only causing you to dig that hole deeper. >> interesting question from kyle in new york. can i negotiate down a student loan that is not in default if i want to pay it off in a lump sum and who do i contact to negotiate that. lynnette? >> well, this is a great question because about 7% of
student loans outstanding are actually in default. this person said i'm not even in default but i just want to get a settlement because i want to pay less, apparently. frankly, it doesn't just work that way. first of all, it depends on whether or not you've got a federal loan or private loans. federal loans are frankly a lot easier to deal with, better loan forgiveness, deferment and forbearance options. if you want to negotiate anything, i actually have heard of people who have been able to negotiate settlements on their student loans, you've got to reach out to your lender, the entity that originally gave you the money, or the loan servicer that's currently handling the loan. dig out the old paperwork, see who you have to contact, get on the phone and start trying to talk. but don't expect a lot, especially if you're not currently in default. they will say why, you're not necessarily struggling, not behind on the bill, why should we let you pay less than you originally borrowed. >> okay. have you got a question you want answered? send us an e-mail any time, cnn help desk at cnn.com. impressive resume. thank you.
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filed a criminal complaint alleging that strauss-kahn tried to rape her in 2003. this comes as a separate new york rape case against the french banker appears to be on shaky ground. our cnn senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin joins us by phone from new york. jeff, she waited years to file these charges against strauss-kahn. how does that affect her case? does it hurt her case? is it still viable right now? >> well, i think this is a very much long shot of a criminal prosecution. the french legal system of course is considerably different than ours, and an individual can initiate a criminal investigation in a way that the police have to do it in the united states, but the way it works is she is essentially going to the police in france saying please prosecute him for this crime, but it was eight years ago and even though that was -- that's within the statute
of limitations in france, of course there's going to be no physical evidence eight years later. i expect this will be a very difficult case to pursue, though it is of course a serious embarrassment to dominique strauss-kahn. >> strauss-kahn is fighting back with a counterclaim against her. what is he saying? >> well, he's saying this is a libelous accusation and is filing a civil suit against the woman. this story of this woman's accusation circulated widely in france for a long time. it's not a surprise that this story, this accuser has gone public. this is the first time she's initiated legal proceedings. but i think the accusations against strauss-kahn when they were first made here led to a lot of soul searching in france that perhaps he was allowed to get away with this behavior in
france for too long. now of course, the story is complicated by questions about the accuser and the possibility that he was right in his defense all along in the new york case. so i think the cases are very much separate and each one will stand or fall on its own merits. >> jeff, real quick, what is the latest on the new york case, the new york rape case against strauss-kahn? where is that now? >> well, prosecutors are weighing the question of whether they can proceed knowing that their main witness is so compromised. i would describe this case as hanging by a thread. it's still hanging by a thread, but the prosecution seems almost resigned to having to dismiss it, given the damaging information that they had to give up about their main witness. >> jeffrey toobin, thank you very much. you have been sounding off on our talk-back question and
here's carol costello with some of your responses. hey, carol. >> yeah, today's question, what does the dsk case say about our justice system. this from tom. he says it just displays at the highest levels the difficulties women prosecuting for sexual assault face. think of the teenagers nationwide who keep quiet to avoid being called a liar. this from g.l., thanks for clearing something up. shouldn't matter what she said to her boyfriend after the fact. and the u.s. justice system has become a television drama for its people. the united states needs to rework some privacy laws so people aren't subjected to slander by the american public if charges are ever laid against them without being proved guilty. this from eddie. he says it says money, power, respect, rules of our land, i feel so bad for this woman. we all have lied at some point in our lives. we all know someone who did something illegal. does that mean you should shut up and stay a victim? you can see more responses at
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>> reporter: every time we use online technology, we're exposing some kind of personal information. countless digital footprints left behind, lasting sometimes forever. and location, our interests, information about our friends and families. what would it take to live life just one day without a digital trace? i set out to find out with the help of "wired" magazine writer evan ratliff. in 2009 he tried to disappear and leave no digital trace behind and dared his readers to find him. >> what surprised me most was how quickly people were able to uncover facts about me, people conducting their own investigations finding information about me online, deed to my apartment, those sorts of things that they could find really within a matter of hours. >> reporter: if i'm going to leave no digital trace, the first thing i have to leave behind is this. my smartphone. >> you think about it, it's
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